Located in the Santa Isabel region of the Solomon Islands, Papatura is a crowd free surfing paradise. The resort boasts a wide variety of breaks from beginner to advanced with most a 20 minute boat ride away. The breaks are heavily influenced by swell, wind and tide. Surf can be found year round, but is most consistent between November and April. Waves range from 3-6 foot and are all coral reef breaks. During high tide there is plenty of water and less so when low tide. The swell that hits Hawaii hits the Solomons a few days later.
Mid-sized boards are probably the best for this area. There are a range of boards from short to long of all shapes and sizes available for use at Papatura, free of charge if you don't want to travel with a surfboard. You a guaranteed never have more than 14 surfers on the island with you at one time. This is seriously the place for crowd free surfing with the most amazing backdrops of jungle and deserted beaches.
The Breaks include:
Anchovies - 1 of our favourites, a right hander that can barrel, wall, twist and backdoor. Offshore on south south/west wind.
Dolphins - Sucky little left, normally clean when outside breaks are big. Mid – high tide
PT's - About 8 mins away and offers lefts and rights depending on conditions, when on it breaks 100 metres. Can hold a big swell and gets scary. All tides best with west or nor west wind. Shifty and consistent, always a wave if the swell drops out.
Kummas - A wally left south east of PT's, surfed on mid - high tide, offshore if blowing northerly. One of the prime waves in the area. Great spot to take photos from the boat.
Zoli's - fun left hander with the odd right about 15 - 20 mins away. Another great wave with a hook section at the end that gets hollow.
Blanchey's - is approx 20 mins boat ride and offers a series of lefts breaking along a 1 kilometre long reef. Barrelling sections, long walls and a few fun rights.
Tarzan's - a fun right and left peak on the mainland, a great family wave with local gardens in the background.
Watto's - a left about 25 mins from the retreat has a amazing beautfil backdrop ideal for photos, this wave can handle all sizes. When it small surf right next to the island or on a big north swell out in the channel.
Donuts - a longer right hander which breaks that's loads fun. Located 25 mins away - a great longboard wave.
A few others include - No Goats and Mangroves is a right hand mainland wave that's fast and hollow. Cleaner wave if the winds up.
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Not only is there awesome surf, Papatura also has world class fishing, snorkeling and the free use of kayaks and SUPs. Guests can also enjoy a stroll through the jungle, a picnic on Honeymoon island and much more! This is the perfect place for a large group or the whole family as there really is something for everyone!
Want more information? Check out the website www.papatura.com